August 28: Working with Trauma: When the Body Has No Words

August 28: Working with Trauma: When the Body Has No Words

Trauma often is a formidable roadblock in the care and treatment of our clients. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms are automatic, compulsive and unresponsive to cognitive or verbal interventions. This means that many popular modalities such as CBT, Solution Focused or Narrative therapies either do not work or have limited effectiveness. Without addressing trauma, the therapy often only goes so far and then seems to stall out. Trauma informed care is not a modality per se; it is an effective framework to understand how to assess and treat trauma and PTSD. With an understanding of trauma informed care, you will be able to build rapport, prioritize presenting problems, and learn to minimize the danger of triggering or re-traumatizing the client. Once client trauma is properly addressed, then the clinician will find that CBT or other verbal modalities will suddenly be re-energized.

3 CE credits will be provided to participants.

Date/Time: August 28, 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Lafayette Library.

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Training will include:

Similarities between PTSD symptoms and some other diagnoses, such as depression
The difference between insight oriented work, relational work, and trauma-informed care

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain fluency in assessing for trauma. This includes being able to prioritize treatment goals when trauma is present, and being able to explain why trauma interferes with many modalities
  • Participants will be able to describe a simple protocol for containing trauma in session and for dealing with heightened affect. Participants will be able to explain which modalities are effective for trauma and why
  • Participants will be able to describe the powerful Counter-Transference that trauma work can produce and how to manage it

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